Friday, June 23, 2006

Mt. Dora Stroll

I've decided that I would revist some of my favorite places in Central Florida before I move back to Puerto Rico, and since I had been working all week I made up my mind to take a break and go to Mt. Dora. First I went to the Lake Tabares Lake shore drive, and enjoyed the view. Then I went into town, and was a bit surprised, about how many other people, had had my same idea about spending their day there. So I parked near the Gables, then went to have lunch and tea at the Windsor Rose as has been my custom for the last ten years, and had the Chicken and Leek pie which was as good or better than ever. The new owner Sue Goodale from England, sat down to chat with me a while. Which let me share with her how nice I thought the service was, and all the nice memories I had of this Tea Room. I should have gone back as she invited me to do for tea. Next, I spent entirely too much money in the quilt store and later in the Country Things and Lace store, but of course to decorate my apartment in Puerto Rico. I don't regret a thing. How can you go to Mt. Dora and not shop!!!! The day just couldn't have been nicer; the weather, the people, and the place. Maybe in some distant future if all things work out well, I might return to Mt. Dora or Tangerine and retire and of course, yearn for PR. Who am I kidding? Well, I can come to the Victorian Inn, or the Lakeside Inn for a vacation. Now that is an idea. Got to run and pack. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Just please note that a beautiful little country church, stands at the entrance to Mt. Dora. What a nice statement.

Wasn't it a beautiful day?

Mt. Dora

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Lake Shore Drive, Mt. Dora Style




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Mt. Dora Pictures, Including the Windsor Rose Tea Room




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Sunday, June 18, 2006

A Walk Through Old San Juan Today

Well, at least last week. One of my favorite places in the world, is Old San Juan. Doris and I decided to tackle some of its hills and secret nooks and this is what we saw. You know how a pictures speaks a thousand words. The City speaks for itself. Enjoy.

Fly by Residents to Limbers and Tapas, Old San Juan has it All

 
 
 
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Street Lamps, Garitas,and Flamboyanes

 
 
 
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La Rogativa




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A Walk Through Old San Juan

 
 
 
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El Conquistador and Las Croabas

Fajardo boasts one of the most beautiful areas on the island and it is no wonder why a hotel is built on a hill overlooking the Atlantic. Mami, Michelle and her husband, Victor, and I went to explore and have a nice lunch at Las Croabas. We ate a delicious lunch at Blue Bahia Restaurant overlooking the small bay and then went to walk around El Conquistador Hotel and Resort. The view is breathtaking and the two hour trip from town is very much worth the traffic. Michelle cut down that traffic time though by taking the newly opened Route 66 which avoids I would say about 15 traffic lights and takes you straight to the Outlet Malls. I hope to make this trip often. If you look at the pictures below, you will see Mami and Michelle, after lunch sitting in the small boardwalk area looking at the multicolored boats floating peacefully on the ocean. Later we went up to the Conquistador. Notice the Cruz the Malta orange flowers which upon close inspection form a Cross. Then also pictured is the fushia Trinitaria, also known as the Bougenvillea. That picture of the Trinitaria with the ocean in the background really captured the wonder of the place for me.

A trip to Fajardo

 
 
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A Trip to Fajardo

 
 
 
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Moss Park Road Oak Trees

 
 
 
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Mi Jardin

Mi Jardin

The singles at Northland recently had an outing at Moss Park and we had a ball. The park is located in South Orlando in one of the pristine areas of town. Moss is a good name for the park. Near the entrance to the park are two beautiful centuries old oak trees which serve as sentinels to the area. The pictures below show us on a boat ride on Jim T.'s boat, Linda having a great time on one of the ride, and the beauty of the lake.

Singles Activity at Moss Park

 
 
 
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